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If you care about your privacy, you need to change these browser settings right now – CNET

Google Chrome is the worst privacy offender, but all browsers can use settings tweaks. Make these adjustments ASAP in Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox and Brave.

By Rae Hodge Sept. 5, 2021 4:30 p.m. PT

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Privacy is now a priority among browser-makers, but they may not go as far as you want in fighting pervasive ad industry trackers on the web.

Here’s a look at how you can crank up your privacy settings to outsmart that online tracking. Problems like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal have elevated privacy protection on Silicon Valley’s priority list by showing how companies compile reams of data as you traverse the internet.

Their goal? To build a richly detailed user profile so that you can become the target of more accurate, clickable and thus profitable advertisements.

Source: If you care about your privacy, you need to change these browser settings right now – CNET

Harvard professor begins new search for alien spaceships in our skies – CNET

The famous (or infamous, depending who you ask) scientist and E.T. believer Avi Loeb is out to capture some UAP sightings of his own.

By Eric Mack, July 27, 2021 10:37 a.m. PT

This still shows the unidentified object tracked by a Navy pilot in 2015 in the “Gimbal” video. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Harvard’s controversial astronomer Avi Loeb is leading a new initiative, dubbed the Galileo Project, to check Earth’s skies and the rest of the solar system for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

The longtime astronomy professor, who became well-known for his belief that interstellar object Oumuamua was likely an alien probe, announced the details of his plan via a virtual press conference Monday.

Officially, the initiative is described as “a transparent scientific project to advance a systematic experimental search for cross-validated evidence of potential astro-archaeological artifacts or active technical equipment made by putative existing or extinct extraterrestrial technological civilizations (ETCs).”

Source: Harvard professor begins new search for alien spaceships in our skies – CNET

Perseid meteor shower 2021 on now: How to watch the celestial fireworks | CNET

“The best meteor shower of the year” is just getting warmed up as the Perseids build toward a mid-August peak.

By Amanda Kooser, July 14, 2021 8:53 a.m. PT

A Perseid meteor crosses the sky in 2016. NASA/Bill Ingalls

One of the best shows in the solar system is kicking into gear as the annual Perseid meteor shower lights up the night sky for 2021.

We can thank large comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle for the little pieces of space debris that hit Earth’s atmosphere and turn into the distinctive “shooting stars” of the meteor shower.

According to NASA, the Perseids will be active from July 14 through Aug. 24 with the peak coming in mid-August. The space agency says it’s “considered the best meteor shower of the year.”

Source: Perseid meteor shower 2021 on now: How to watch the celestial fireworks – CNET

Hear black holes and galaxies translated into sound from NASA data – CNET

The Whirlpool Galaxy sounds like a horror movie.

This composite of the Cat’s Eye Nebula uses data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI

In space, no one can hear you scream, but on Earth we have ways of turning space objects into haunting soundtracks.

Galaxies, black holes and nebulae come to life via audio, giving us a new way to interact with the cosmos. A team of scientists translated data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other space telescopes into sound using a process called data sonification.

Musician Andrew Santaguida of System Sounds, a science and art outreach project, was also involved.  

On Wednesday, NASA released new audio tracks that let us listen to a Chandra Deep Field observation, the Cat’s Eye Nebula and the Whirlpool Galaxy. The three all have distinctly different sonic personalities, ranging from light and ethereal to almost creepy.

From YouTube…

Source: Hear black holes and galaxies translated into sound from NASA data – CNET

Google Pay: Here’s how to set it up on your Android phone – CNET

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You can use the Google Pay digital wallet from your Android phone or watch instead of rifling through your wallet for your credit and debit cards.”